Portuguese Wine

 

Portugal is best known for its fortified wines Madeira and Port. But there are also some outstanding examples of still wines, mostly from the north of the country where conditions are not as hot. The appellations are classified as D.O.C., Denominacao de Origem Controlada. 
 
Many factors contributed to what has become the modern Portuguese winemaking industry, such as the boom in Port shipping, the effects of the 19th century Phylloxera and oidium crisis and subsequent vine replantings and the rise of estates (quintas), not to mention joining the European Union in 1986.
 
The main still wine producing regions are the Douro, Dao, Bairrada, Vinho Verde, Terras do Sado and Alentejo. Much of the wine is produced with indigenous grape varietials, often with many in the blend, that give it distinct and delicious character. These include for whites: Loureiro, Arinto, Malvasia Fina and Alvarinho. For reds: Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz (Aragones), Baga, Castelao and Trincadeira Read more »

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My passion is to help others discover what types of wines suit their taste and then discover the numerous choices available that fit that profile. I am a WSET certified wine consultant, but first and foremost a wine lover and collector.

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Varietals Produced in Portugal View all

  • Roriz

    The only classic variety of the Douro not indigenous to Portugal, Tinta Roriz is known in Spain, its birthplace, as T...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Trincadeira Preta

  • Touriga Nacional

    History of the grape: Touriga Nacional is produced as a still table wine, but is also one of the most important grape...

  • Periquita

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

Subregions of Portugal

  • Alentejo

      This region lies in southern Portugal, known mostly for its extracted, rich wines. The cli...

  • Douro

    This region, named for the river, is best known for its reds that are specially selected to go ...

  • Madeira

    Madeira is named after the island in Portugal where this unique wine is produced. It was discov...

  • Vinho Verde

    This region in northern Portugal is known for its dry, refreshing, low alcohol and lightly spri...

  • Açores

  • Alenquer

Popular Wineries in Portugal View all

  • Sogrape - Mateus

    With its current strategic vision SOGRAPE is overseeing a “homecoming”, a return to the character...

  • Quinta do Crasto

    Quinta do Crasto is located on the right bank of the river Douro, halfway between Régua and Pinhã...

  • Cockburn's Port

    Cockburn's (Coh-burns) was founded in 1815 and has grown to become one of the world's great port ...

  • Ferreira

    Ferreira is one of the top Port producers, based in the Douro region of Portugal. The Ferreira ...

  • Adega de Pegões

    1. It all started when the big landlord and beer magnate, José Rovisco Pais, donated his Pegões p...

  • Caves Vidigal

    Vidigal Wines is a dynamic family-owned winery specializing in competitive Reserves from several ...

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Portugal on Snooth

  • Quinta de la Rosa Dourosa Douro 2012

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    Dry and fresh, with savory beef jerky and poppy seed aromas mixed with ripe pear and cherry - very interesting opening for a white wine. The palate is more classic, showing peach pit and apricot flavors, pencil shavings and tart minerality. The dried fruit flavors are well integrated with acidity here, making for an interesting wine without bein... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Quinta Do Vallado Touriga Nacional Douro 2011

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    Had this at dinner at Truluck's in Dallas. Found this from WS, says it better than I could '...Finely textured, with pure and powerful flavors of dark currant, black olive, red plum and wild cherry, accented by notes of molten licorice. Latent tannins and vibrant acidity give this a lively mouthfeel, offering a refined finish of chocolate mousse... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Reguengos 2012

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    Excellent Read More

    Wine review by calywa


  • Ciconia Reserva 2011

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    Light wine to be enjoyed alone or with a fish stew. It is a blenf of touriga ... you want to learn more about Portugal and their grape varietals. Reflects complexity, soft tannins and character to be enjoyed alone or in a pairi Read More

    Wine review by dmele


  • Broadbent Vinho Verde NV

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    No written review

    Wine review by ilmaxo


  • Hey Rex,We caught the wine bug years ago with a trip to Napa.  My wife and ... wife and ... made visits in Portugal Australia, the Dalmatian coast (including Grgich in his native Croatia) plus multiple trips to Italy, Spain and France.  As they say in New Orleans (where they don't make wine that I'm aware of but sure know ho to drink it) "Lais... Read More

    Forum post in the topic How did your wine interest...


  • You can search past Forum threads for examples of differing wine approaches to ... half either Vinho Verde from Portugal or Falanghina from southern Italy, and half a good Riesling Kabinett from Germany....&nbs Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth! Suggestions...


  • Assobio 2009

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    Not sure of the price but very drinkable. Nice body Read More

    Wine review by tjjm


  • Quinta Das Carvalhas Tinto Douro 2011

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    P 'n' Ped. After a few minutes, though, obnoxious aroma blows off, leaving one of red berrry fruit. Initial taste is of red cherry--but not the "sweet" cherry taste that I get from a lot of CA PNs. Then there is acid as from stone fruit--think of a not-very sweet, but ripe peach. Some gravelly thing goin on in the back of the palate. Not th... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Taylor Fladgate Porto 40 Year Old Tawny 2013

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    Had this at Trombino's the other night. This along with tasting of the Taylor Fladgate Porto 20 Year Old Tawny...superb, what else can be said...though interesting enough, thought that the 20 Year Tawny had a bit more going for it. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • I love the wines and the people in Portugal.. they are trully wonderful, beautiful, loving and sincere people. Have a couple great friends that I have met on a social site. Known them for two years just chatting and talking on live chats. We have a good friendship. MAUH... abracos y beijos ;)

    Comment by 1121846didi 1121846 didi


  • it has fine wines to many for me to remember

    Comment by 874532vilasol 874532 vilasol


  • espiga wine please

    Comment by 874532vilasol 874532 vilasol


  • COLLARES IS THE BEST WINE OF PORTUGAL AND OF ALL THE WORLD !

    Comment by 355028JOJOBO 355028 JOJOBO


  • i love the countrys history and they have good food great wine

    Comment by 377720machita17 377720 machita17


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